The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction (A Review)

If you are a frequent reader of my literary rants, then you will know that I read and review a decent number of Oxford’s Very Short Introduction (VSI) titles. Short and accessible works, they are ideal for the unversed Undergraduate. This time, my curiosity—or more accurately my research—has taken me to Tudor Britain and the tumultuous post-medieval…Read more »

Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction (A Review)

Another day, another Very Short Introduction (hereafter VSI). This time I have turned my eye toward the Medieval Britain VSI, as written by John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths.                 Much like the numerous other VSIs I have read and reviewed, Medieval Britain performs its primary function—the dissemination of basic facts and knowledge about Britain in the Middle Ages—admirably: the…Read more »

Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction (A Review)

What do we think of when we think of medieval literature? Probably texts which are dry and filled with moral and religious platitudes; maybe though we will think of Arthurian literature, however, and be filled with a bit more enthusiasm for adventure and courtly love. No matter what we view of medieval literature, however, there…Read more »